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Google Glass hacked already :oP

Postby DaFoxx » Wed May 01, 2013 3:26 pm

http://www.zdnet.com/google-glass-let-t ... &ttag=e539

didn't take long did it, and what can you now do ................

I was initially interested in contacting Android and iOS hacker extraordinaire Jay Freeman (aka, "Saurik") because he had recently notified the Android development community on Twitter that he had successfully "rooted" his Google Glass headset,

Freeman has since released a lengthy account of how the exploit was accomplished, providing the bits and the procedure to repeat it, and has offered a number of warnings to the Glass community regarding just how ineffective the security on the device currently is.

I wanted to know from Freeman if, once rooted, it is possible to programmatically disable the "recording LED indicator" on the device, so that one could stealthily record without any indication to the subject that they are being captured on-camera

As it turns out, there is no such indicator light on the "Explorer" version of Google Glass that has recently shipped to the first generation of users and developers who were lucky enough to get their hands on the headset. Duh.

Still, there's room to make the device even stealthier. As Freeman explained to me during a phone interview, although there's no recording indicator per se, if you are being recorded, it's readily apparent from video activity being reflected off the wearer's eye prism that something is going on, particularly if you are in close proximity to the person.

But that can be changed once a Glass headset is rooted. Because Glass is an Android device, runs an ARM-based Linux kernel, and can run Android user space programs and custom libraries, any savvy developer can create code that modifies the default behavior in such a way that recording can occur with no display activity showing in the eye prism whatsoever.

And while the default video recording is 10 seconds, code could also be written that begins and stops recording for as long as needed with a custom gesture or head movement, or even innocuous custom voice commands like: "Boy, I'm tired" to begin, and "Boy, I need coffee" to end it.


I, it must be said, am NO fan of what I consider to be intrusive tech, but this hack reads like Glass goes into stealth mode, no indication it is active at all, I can well imagine the military will have something out there eons in advance of this ? but probably only in Hollywood's military IRL :mrgreen:
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Re: Google Glass hacked already :oP

Postby DaFoxx » Wed May 01, 2013 3:31 pm

further to my last bit added, I read further and go to ...................
This is the kind of stuff that until now, only major intelligence agencies could do with very expensive surveillance equipment. Just wait until Israeli and Eastern European startups, which are staffed with former intelligence personnel who have a huge wealth of knowledge in using this kind of technology, get a hold of this thing.

There are tons of unlicensed Android phones and tablets being produced in China. Once the basic spec of Glass is available, there's nothing to stop an unscrupulous company in Asia from creating a Glass clone that's totally open without any hacking required.

And once Glass Explorer Edition's ROM makes it into the wild, all kinds of "Evil" re-spins can be produced to make the stock Glass into a Swiss Army surveillance kit for sociopaths, not just hackers.

Such an "Evil Glass" Android distribution may include all the software necessary to turn a 14-year-old into a walking stealth surveillance device that would have been the envy of the Mossad or China's Ministry of State Security only five or 10 years ago.


so it is an easy leap from a writers POV to see that all military WILL be accessing this sort of tech, if they are not already actually doing it
and was also reading somewhere that the next generation of soldiers will be "technology Augmented" :shock:
so maybe Skynet will be the BETTER option :P
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Re: Google Glass hacked already :oP

Postby Egaladeist » Thu May 02, 2013 12:08 pm

Living in the days of James Bond :mrgreen:
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Re: Google Glass hacked already :oP

Postby rapier57 » Thu May 02, 2013 6:03 pm

Egaladeist wrote:Living in the days of James Bond :mrgreen:


Or, Mr. Bean.

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